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Does Pay For Performance Improve Healthcare Quality?

The Jobbing Doctor, a primary care doctor in the UK, writes about the British version of what Americans call “Pay for Performance,” or “P4P.”

He says something I’ve said many times before (like here, here, and here).  Which is this: incentives fail because they try to treat medicine as an assembly line process, when it’s not.

But what’s most interesting about his post is that it could have been written by a doctor from anyplace on the planet Earth.

The Jobbing Doctor talks about a UK program that started in 2004 called the Quality and Outcomes Framework, or “QoF.”   Now, the American “P4P” is a much more catchy name, so score one for American marketing.  But it doesn’t matter what you call it – that which we call a rose would, by any other name smell as sweet. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at See First Blog*

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